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Federalism and the Prevention of Abuse of Power in the US Federal Government
Fourth graders stud Federalism and identify examples of abuse of power.
Exploring the Federal Government on the Internet--Investigating Cause and Effect Relationships in Reading Passages
Students search the internet to research information about the government. Students locate local, state, and federal homepages to gain access to other agencies and departments. Students write sentences about facts they have found. Students read about and discuss cause and effect relationships in the real world. Students continue by researching the same things on newspaper, newswire, and television websites.
The Federal Court System
Students research the branches of government. In this federal court system lesson, students use internet research and NoteFolio technology to research the structure and purpose of the federal courts. In groups of three, they create a record of an assigned court system and create timelines.
Letters to the Government
Seventh graders examine how to be active participants in their local, state, or federal governments. They create a powerpoint presentation and write a letter to one of their governmental representatives about a problem and solution of their choice.
The Three Branches of Government
Sixth graders discover details about the 3 branches of government. In this primary source analysis instructional activity, 6th graders examine documents and images from the Library of Congress to investigate the structure of the U.S. government.
New Nation, New Government
Sixth graders design a symbol to symbolize George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, and James Monroe, to commemorate their contributions to the U.S. Constitution. In this government lesson plan, 6th graders observe images of these men and discuss their importance.
Should America Balance the Federal Budget?
High schoolers analyze the federal budget of the United States. In this national debt lesson plan, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of the balancing the federal budget. High schoolers respond to discussion questions pertaining to the lecture.
Federalism - United States, Alaska, and Local Governments
Students research Alaska's state, local, and tribal governments, as well as Alaska's long and complex relationship with the federal government.
Letters to the Government
Seventh graders explore their local, state, or federal governments. They write a letter to one of their governmental representatives about a "problem" and "solution" of their choice.
Eighth graders analyze the purposes of government. They examine or assess the importance of citizenship to the individual or to society at large (e.g., the importance of voting). Students explain the structure and functions of the three branches of the federal government.
What Do You Get for Your $1,800,000,000,000?
Students create a chart representing federal government spending and compare the amounts spent on various sectors and programs over a range of years.
High schoolers explore relationship of United States federal government with Native American tribes in 20th Century Wisconsin, and complete document analysis worksheet.
Structure and Function of the Federal Government
High schoolers identify the structures of the federal government. They complete a diagram of the structures to show their relationships. They research the names of the major players on the structure, in particular, students own representatives.
How Ordinary People Can Have an Impact
Students identify three or more ways the Federal Government impacts their daily lives and then explore ways in which citizens can influence political leaders.
We Are The People
Students describe the conditions under which the Constitution was written. They explain the purpose of the first three articles of the Constitution. They represent the three branches of government through a graphic organizer. They identify his/her state senator, governor and local representative and describe how they contribute to the common good.
What a Relief!
How are disasters addressed by the Federal Government? This New York Times activity, based on the article "Disaster Aid: The Mix of Mercy and Politics," prompts middle schoolers to discuss the idea of using a disaster declaration as a political tool. After evaluating the claims in the article, they conduct additional research and write an essay expressing their opinion about disasters and their link to politics. Focus on finding the central idea of the text to ease comprehension.
Economic Recovery? a Comparison of Indicators for Utah And the United States Since March 2001
Students discuss key business and consumer indicators that are used to measure the health of the economy. They compare the economic recovery (from the 2001 recession) of Utah and the United States. They discuss the benefits and hazards of federal government expenditures during economic downturns.
United States Government 5th Grade
In this review of United States government worksheet, 5th graders recall facts and answer multiple choice questions. Students answer 25 questions.
Focus on Economic Data: The Federal Reserve and Monetary Policy, April 25, 2012
First, review key economic indicators as they relate to the Federal Reserve and macroeconomics. Then, analyze economic data that reflects the Federal use of money through monetary policy. Data, teacher notes, and multiple web links are included.
The Crisis of 1833: Tariffs and Nullification
This resource offers a detailed review of the events that led South Carolina to nullify the Tariffs of 1828 and 1832, as well as to pass the Nullification Ordinance, which questioned the federal government's authority to enforce any law opposed by a majority of citizens in a state. This is an informative reading worksheet and a good way to begin a discussion regarding the concept of nullification and how it has played out in United States history.